Aesthetics or Ethnography? Notes on the Amsterdam Anthropology Lecture Series (AALS)

By Matthias Teeuwen            When one thinks of a Muslim artist in the Netherlands one naturally thinks of someone who, with his or her art, tries to address issues of integration, tensions between Islam and secularism or the clash between Islamic and western society. Because that is what art by Muslims in the Netherlands is supposed to be about. Right? In last week’s AALS lecture Dr. Bregje Termeer came to talk to us about her dissertation research on artistic strategies of young Muslim artists living in the Netherlands. What she discovered was that these artists did not subscribe to the definition …

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aNTHROPOLOGiSTS iN aRT & GaLERia LETO PRESENT:

Invite by: Gorilla — Anthropologists in Art and Galeria Leto present: Gorilla Goes Bananas Dutch graphic designers breaking the news with a twist a masterclass – a lecture – an exhibition May 23rd – June 15th, 2013 Galeria Leto, Minska 25, Warsaw (PL) Opening: Thursday May 23rd, 20.00 hrs Lecture: Thursday May 23rd, 17.30 (doors) 18.00 (start lecture), (free entrance). Guestspeakers: Piotr Rypson, Gorillas (Alex Clay / Lesley Moore, Richard vd Laken / De Designpolitie, Herman van Bostelen) Masterclass: May 24th – 25th Exhibition: May 23rd – June 15th

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Anthropologists in Art presents: Neon Warszawski

Anthropologists in Art presents: Neon Warszawski – Polish Neon, a photography exhibition on Socialist visual communication By Ilona Karwinska & Krzysztof Wojciechowski — February 9th – March 16th @ WM GALLERY, Elandsgracht 35, 1016 TN, Amsterdam OPENING: SAT. 9th OF FEBRUARY, 17.00-19.00 About the exhibition: In 1957, at a conference in Czechoslovakia, Communist Party ideologues agreed that neon could be a way to reconcile the seemingly contradictory ideas of communism and consumerism in their ailing, state-run economies. The Polish Socialist Party, having created the state-run company ‘Reklama’, throughout the 1960’s and 70’s, recruited prominent artists and designers to bring about …

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Reading a Post-Apartheid Memorial

  Photo by April Killingsworth Duane Jethro Sunday 8 August, 2010: I am on an expedition to find an elusive Sunday Times memorial in Soweto, Johannesburg. On the way, I drive through Vilakazi Street, passing by Nelson Mandela’s former home. It has been transformed into a museum. The precinct surrounding his former domicile is teeming with tourists and a host of locals plying a range of different commercial strategies aimed at cashing in on the spoils of the heritage venture. Further along the way, I pass the monumental Hector Pieterson Memorial and Media Centre, another heritage project erected during the post-apartheid …

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